Parish Nurse

WHAT IS PARISH NURSING?

There are 84 Parish Nurses in UK, 2 in Devon and none in Cornwall.

Parish Nurses are employed by churches of all denominations. The parish nursing service is recognised, supported and accredited by Parish Nursing Ministries UK (PNMUK). PNMUK is a Christian charity which helps local churches appoint nurses, who in turn support people and communities towards whole person healthcare. This is care for the person's overall well-being, incorporating body mind and spirit.

 

Parish Nursing is free to all at the point of need and is available to everyone, not just church goers. A Parish Nurse is a registered nurse who attends regular courses provided by PNMUK, working towards full accreditation.

 

Parish Nurses work with people of all ages and backgrounds, those with any faith or none. Whether it is simply

  • giving moral support during a medical crisis
  • giving general health advice and education on a personal and event basis
  • "signposting" people to support or medical services
  • praying for people if requested
  • clarifying medical procedures
  • listening

they focus on the person rather than the medical condition.

 

Prescriptions, dressings, injections or help with personal care are provided by the health and social care services but the parish nurse can be the link.  The Parish Nurse can organise events such as a men's health breakfast when a GP is invited to speak on health issues, or a health fair, and will co-ordinate volunteers to provide extra support in times of critical need or loneliness..  

 

For more information on PNMUK their web site is www.parishnursing.org.uk 

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A Parish Nurse for St Goran and St Michael, Caerhays. 

 

The Pastoral Care Team at St Goran Church have identified t hat there is a need for the additional services that can be provided by a Parish Nurse. A Parish Nurse does not in any way replace the services provided by the NHS or social services and our plans have been discussed with Dr James at Mevagissey Surgery who is very supportive of this initiative.

 

It is the vision of The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St Goran Church to help people in the parishes of St Goran and St Michael, Caerhays achieve optimum health and wellbeing by employing a Parish Nurse, initially for two days a week for three years. The Parish Nurse will liaise with GP’s, Health Visitors, the Community Matron, voluntary services and other agencies and our Pastoral Care Team. Our vision will be fulfilled in the following ways:

 

-          Supporting independence and improving quality of life through health education, care and advice

-          Home visits

-          Health education events

-          Assisting access to health, social services and other agencies as appropriate

-          Providing spiritual support if requested

 

The PCC’s plan is to raise £49,500 so we have enough funds to pay for a Parish Nurse for three years at an average cost of £16,500 per year which includes salary, pension, courses, travel and admin costs. If everything goes according to plan the Parish Nurse will start on 1st September 2018. This initial funding will come from fundraising and grants. We have already been promised £10,500 if we can raise the full amount, which is very encouraging. After three years we hope that this initiative will have proved such a benefit to the community that further fundraising will be easier to achieve.

 

A lot of work needs to be done- fundraising, contract of employment, health & safety, safeguarding and finding the right person. A separate bank account has been opened- St Goran PCC Parish Nurse Fund.  If you have any questions or offers of help please contact: Liz Meldon-Smith, Hilary Hopkins or John Woodbridge – phone numbers and addresses are in the front of the Magazine, or on the Contacts page of this site.

 

Information on this page is taken from the PNMUK web site and from a magazine article written by John Woodbridge.